luftmensch

Alternative Spellings

luftmentsh, luftmentsch, luft-mentsh

Definitions

  • "an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income" (Merriam-Webster)

Example Sentences

  • "'Yiddish teacher' is a luftmentsh job," said the Yiddish professor.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

לופֿטמענטש luftmentsh 'lit. man of the air, a person without a definite occupation or practical skills'

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

Plural luftmentschen / luftmentshn

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